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Olympic medalists to lead Aspen ski clinic

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Want to go skiing with Olympic champions Picabo Street and Donna Weinbrecht?

The two famed American skiers and World Champi­onship medalist Jonna Mendes will lead a unique ski adventure for 30 women at the first “Powder Girls of Aspen” ski clinic, Dec. 6-9.

Clinic participants can attend for a donation to the U.S. Ski Team. Space is still available for the inaugural event.

The Powder Girls will also get VIP passes to watch top American racers Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn (formerly Kildow) compete against an impressive inter­national field in the Winternational World Cup races on Aspen Mountain, including the first local World Cup women’s downhill in 19 years.

Mancuso, the giant slalom gold medalist at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, and Vonn are both expected to contend for this year’s World Cup overall title.

Mancuso opened the season Oct. 27 with a second-place finish in giant slalom in Soelden, Austria.

Street, Weinbrecht and Mendes will provide person­alized instruction for clinic participants. Proceeds will help support young athletes in the United States’ nation­al team program.

Street had a record career with the U.S. Ski Team, winning the Olympic super G in 1998. Weinbrecht ush­ered freestyle skiing into the Olympics, winning the moguls event in 1992. Mendes, one of the most memo­rable personalities on the World Cup for nearly a decade, became a World Championship medalist in 2003 and now coaches young ski racers.

“I had such great opportunities with the team, I’m glad to help out with Powder Girls,” said Street in a news release. “I’m looking forward to working with these great women and watching the girls race. I think we’re helping pave the future of the sport and the team.”

Powder Girls will get three-day lift tickets, two days of personalized ski instruction from the three former World Cup skiers, daily lunches and VIP credentials for the World Cup races.

They’ll also attend yoga classes, apres-ski parties and cocktail recep­tions. At a Powder Girls dinner, they’ll hear from special guest speakers and rub shoulders with other VIPs, team athletes and coach­es. Each participant will also receive a Powder Girls gift bag.

“It’s a unique experience and an opportunity to do something worth­while for young athletes,” said Chris­tine Toriello of the U.S. Ski Team’s foundation. “I’m looking forward to seeing these women come together to share their passion for skiing and to support the U.S. Ski Team.

“It’s a chance for them to chal­lenge themselves, gain confidence and have fun in an inspiring, com­fortable environment. They’ll sup­port the U.S. Ski Team and get to know the athletes in a way few Americans ever do.”

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Lisa Kramer at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation at (800) 974-2226.

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